Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is Mario Party writ massive — a battle royale expertise I’ve been coaching for my complete life. But for all of the foolish nonsense and the lovable framing, Fall Guys is a aggressive expertise. When the “show” ends, there may be one winner and 59 losers.
But as I’m going for the Crown every recreation, I discover myself clenching up throughout the mini-game choice. Not as a result of Fruit Chute stresses me out, however as a result of I don’t wish to get caught with Fall Guys’ worst function: staff video games.
Mediatonic is conscious of the staff recreation downside, and it’s tried to implement a couple of fixes already — equivalent to lowered timers on a number of the extra irritating video games, like Team Tail Tag. And whereas these modifications are welcome, they don’t clear up the actual downside: staff video games make me really feel powerless.
What makes Fall Guys’ staff video games so completely different?
In most of Fall Guys’ minigames, I’m solely out for myself. In the race minigames, like The Whirlygig, I’ve bought to make my very own manner by the followers, onto the rotating platforms, and thru the end line. Sure I can troll some folks alongside the best way, they usually can attempt to push me round, however I’m answerable for myself. And after I lose, that accountability falls on me.
Team video games in Fall Guys take a special strategy. In Rock’N’Roll, my staff must push a ball down a hill earlier than the opposite staff. No matter how on-point I’m, or how laborious I push that ball, my little jellybean physique can’t transfer it alone. I need assistance, forcing me to depend on others quickly so I can get the win in the long term. As a solo participant, that’s a irritating barrier to victory.
In video games like Team Tail Tag, I can solely accomplish that a lot to make my staff win. I might be the perfect Team Tail Tag participant round, and my staff may nonetheless end with solely a single tail, my very own. If I seize a tail, I’m completed contributing to my staff — I’m on the mercy of my allies, ready for them to perform a aim I’ve already succeeded at.
It’s why Hoopsie Daisy is without doubt one of the solely staff video games the place you may actually carry — I can punt my little physique by dozens of hoops in a match, and are available clutch for my mates. If my staff is unhealthy, I can do my finest to attempt to win — typically, I may even be certain that we qualify. But that’s the most important distinction: one nice participant could make a distinction in Hoopsie Daisy, however not in Team Tail Tag.
Why the staff modes in Fall Guys are extra irritating
When I lose in aggressive video games like League of Legends or Apex Legends, I need any loses I take to return from a superior opponent or a mistake I made. When I lose to a god-tier Hex-A-Gone participant who’s someway nonetheless on the highest degree on the finish, I’m bummed, however I really feel OK about it — they’re higher than me. But ending first in two race minigames solely to exit by getting stuck on the terrible yellow team often ends in me placing Fall Guys down for the evening.
Team video games are sometimes nice if you happen to’re taking part in with your folks. If you dive right into a Fall Guys match with a premade group, you’ll stick along with your friends in staff video games. It’s a very completely different expertise — one which’s enjoyable in the appropriate circumstances. Friends can are available clutch to guard an ally in Team Tail Tag, or work collectively to win Rock’N’Roll. But as a solo participant, these staff minigames mar the aggressive Fall Guys expertise.
One of the perfect elements about taking part in a battle royale recreation with mates is if you are available with an important play for the win. Your mates might not be a lot assist in different battle royale video games, however at the very least they don’t actively maintain you again from successful by yourself. Fall Guys takes the other strategy, punishing you for the poor efficiency of your largely random teammates.
It is sensible so as to add selection to Fall Guys — and the staff video games pay for themselves in pure comedic worth and schadenfreude in a co-op setting. But as a battle royale I like to win, Fall Guys’ staff video games often really feel extra irritating than enjoyable.